SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2016
UFC 206: Holloway vs Pettis, will have a headlining title fight, after all.
Earlier this week, the planned main event was scrapped when light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (18-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) suffered an injury and was forced out of his title fight and rematch with Anthony Johnson (22-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC).
Today, the organization announced Max Holloway (16-3 MMA, 12-3) and Anthony Pettis (19-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC), who were previously announced for the card, have been promoted to the headlining slot, and it comes with bigger stakes: an interim belt. MMAFighting.com first reported the new UFC 206 headliner.
UFC 206 takes place Dec. 10 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
With Holloway vs. Pettis now slated for the interim belt, reigning interim titleholder Jose Aldo (26-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) has been promoted to the main title, and primary 145-pound titleholder Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who also recently won the lightweight belt, has been stripped of the featherweight belt. The changes were made official on the UFC Fight Night 101 broadcast on FS1.
Holloway is No. 3 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, and Pettis is No. 10.
Holloway looks for his 10th straight win after topping the likes of Cub Swanson, Charles Oliveira and Jeremy Stephens. In his most recent outing, the 24-year-old Hawaiian scored a decision victory over Ricardo Lamas at UFC 199. His 11 career victories in UFC-featherweight competition are a company record.
Max Holloway vs. Anthony Pettis
Max Holloway finishes Anthony Pettis in third round.
Max Holloway took home the UFC interim Featherweight title with a convincing third-round TKO win over Anthony Pettis on Saturday night in the main event of UFC 206 in Toronto.
Holloway was a man on a mission. His well-rounded game was on full display as he set up takedowns and landed hard strikes. To make matters worse for Pettis, he broke his right hand in the first round and seemed hesitant to use it in the second and third.
Donald Cerrone vs Matt Brown
Donald Cerrone knocks out Matt Brown.
And it was, right up until the "Cowboy" decided enough was enough.
Cerrone blasted Brown with vicious head kick knockout, finishing a wild matchup at the 34-second mark of the third round at Toronto's Air Canada Centre.
"It's a lot of fun, I love this s*** man," said Cerrone, who is 4-0 since going up to welterweight.
John Makdessi vs Lando Vannata
Lando Vannata scores sensational knockout of John Makdessi.
After showing some real promise in his UFC debut against Tony Ferguson earlier in the year, Lando Vannata really displayed his potential on Saturday. His highlight-reel spinning wheel kick KO of John Makdessi is a late candidate for head-kick KO of the year.
It also secured Vannata the other POTN.
Oliver Aubin-Mercier vs Drew Dober
Olivier Aubin-Mercier finishes Drew Dober with yet another rear-naked choke.
The fight was called at the 2:57 mark of the second frame after Dober tapped to the choke, Aubin-Mercier’s seventh such finish in his professional career.
The “TUF” winner found a finish on the mat, but it wasn’t by his hand that he wound up there. Dober, anxious to erase the deficit from the first round, came out ready and landed a left hand that dropped Aubin-Mercier.
The Canadian cleared his head and attacked a leg, forcing a scramble that allowed him to get on top. When Dober tried to escape, he gave up his back, setting the end in motion.
Jason Saggo vs. Rustam Khabilov
Rustam Khabilov dominates Jason Saggo on ground for fourth straight win.
Saggo (12-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) was forced to hold on and minimize the damage on his back as Khabilov (21-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) landed takedown after takedown en route to a unanimous decision.
The catchweight bout (Khabilov missed the lightweight limit) was part of the preliminary card of UFC 206 event
*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.